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30th Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 9 - 26, 2022

The Rhapsody

Documentary

Sponsored By

Green Fischer Family Trust
"In Loving Memory of Karen Green”
from George, Sean and Ryan

Screening Information

World Premiere
June 15, 7:30 pm
In-person
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
June 16 – June 26
Online
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 2022
Running Time 105 MIN
Languages English, French, Polish
Subtitles English
Director David Hoffert

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Description

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ASHKENAZ FOUNDATION

At the age of ninety-eight, late composer Leo Spellman, a Polish-Canadian Holocaust survivor sets out on a journey toward artistic liberation. Filmmaker David Hoffert presents Spellman’s musical masterpiece composed in a German DP camp, and lost for over fifty years. His secret wartime diary is revealed for the first time with excerpts read by actor Stephen Fry, and his family return to the Polish town of Ostrowiec where he spent eighteen months hiding from the Nazis. This tale of survival is told through animation, interviews with family and colleagues, and powerful live concerts, including the performance of his composition at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto at which he was present.

Presentation Details

In-person Guests Director David Hoffert and Producers Brenda Hoffert, Paul Hoffert and Jeff Preyra
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